German politician hates Scottish jokes

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A rising German politician who heads the state of Lower Saxony hates Scottish jokes -- but then his name is David McAllister.

Scottish jokes "are generally speaking not funny", the Berlin-born 39-year-old told the latest edition of celebrity magazine Bunte.

His father, James Buchanan McAllister, came from Glasgow and served as a British army officer, fighting in Germany during World War II. His German mother worked as a music teacher.

McAllister, who took over as premier of Lower Saxony in July after former regional chief Christian Wulff was elected German president, belongs to Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats and has been tipped as a possible future national leader.

He lamented the fact he is constantly being asked such questions as: "Do you play the bagpipes? -- no -- Do you own a kilt? -- yes. What do you wear under your kilt? -- I'm not telling", he told Bunte.

"I've become 100 percent German -- both in speech and feeling," he added.

McAllister, nicknamed "Mac", who is married with two young daughters, is fully bilingual. And he supports both the Glasgow Rangers and the Hanover 96 football clubs.

© 2010 AFP

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